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AN ‘OFFICIAL’ FAVOR Mercy. It’s what the Conference USA officials who worked Saturday’s Florida International at Louisville college football game gave the Golden Panthers, whether coach Ron Turner actually asked for it or not. The seventh-ranked Cardinals (4-0) flogged FIU 72-0 – after leading 38-0 at halftime – at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. To quote one of my cousin’s favorite expressions, “I haven’t seen a beating that bad since I put a banana down my pants and turned the monkey loose.” It could’ve been 100-0, and likely would’ve been, if the officials didn’t call for a running clock in the second half. Afterward Turner claimed he hadn’t asked for it. “I don’t have the authority to request it,” he said. “I wish I had the authority. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have, you know, but I did not request it.” A subsequent press release from Gerald Austin, the coordinator of officials for C-USA, said that Turner “made a comment to one of the officials that, given the am

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